Sunday, April 4, 2010

Holding Your Saké Cup

Did you know that how you held your Saké once indicated your social status?

In medieval Japan, there were two primary ways to hold your Saké cup: one proper for court nobles and women, and the other for warriors. Nobles and women used two hands while warriors only one.

Nobles would wrap their left index finger and middle finger around the base of the cup, placing their thumb upon the rim. Their right index finger, middle finger, and ring finger would then hold the other side of the cup. Warriors though would hold the rim with their index finger and the thumb while their middle finger and ring finger would wrap around the base.

How do you hold your Saké cup?

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